Trio HLK with Evelyn Glennie – Bristol jazz festival, Colston Hall

Saturday 17th March

I saw Evelyn Glennie as part of 40 gigs and marvelled in her brilliance. So when I saw she was playing as part of the jazz festival I jumped at the chance to see her again. I knew this would be very different, playing with a trio, rather than on her own material, but you have to be open to new things and challenging expectations. I wasn’t prepared for quite how challenged those boundaries would be, however!

There was a piano, drums, an 8 string electric guitar plus percussion. Sounds promising, right?

It was jazz jazz. The sort of impenetrable rhythm’s that could put people off the genre. No standard timings of anything accessible for the average punter, like me. If you know your jazz, Trio HLK will be for you. I’m a newbie to the genre and need something I recognise and feel comfortable with. This wasn’t it.

Evelyn Glennie is a master percussionist and seeing her play, and tying something different, was worthwhile. It just wasn’t fully a success. I feel kinda sad about it, the trio of musicians who make up HLK came across as lovely guys and are clearly talented at what they do. It just didn’t do anything emotionally for me, and I need to feel the connection.

I guess you can’t win them all.

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